This article is part of our NFL Reactions series.
Welcome to the first ever Week 18 NFL Reactions.
Sunday marked the first Week 18 of an NFL regular season since a one-year trial in 1993, and I entered the day with that bittersweet feeling one has when they know something they love is ending. I know we had an extra week this year, but it somehow still wasn't enough. This season was absolutely amazing. It's been a tough couple years in our world — to put it lightly — and the 2021 NFL season delivered with all of the storylines, heroics and outstanding games that make football season so great.
The NFL is the sports world's best television drama, and the season finale did not disappoint.
Not only that, but it has me even more ready to binge the next episodes — the playoffs.
There was so much to digest in what ended up being a wild week of action, but my attention goes directly to two teams in the AFC South: the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts. One team earned the playoff bye. The other, well, is going bye-bye.
Both teams came into their respective games with a lot on the line. With a win, the Titans would lock up the AFC's first-round bye and home-field advantage. A Colts victory would clinch a playoff berth. One team stepped up to the challenge. The other did not.
The Titans beat the Texans 28-25. They are the No. 1 seed and the road to the Super Bowl for the